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August heatwave boosts tourism in the East

Video report by ITV Anglia's Serena Sandhu

The tourism industry in the East of England is basking in the glow of a successful summer.

More than 250,000 people in the region rely on tourism for work and it’s an industry that brings in around £6 billion every year.

Families have been flocking to the coast to soak up the sun and it's encouraged more of us to opt for a 'staycation' rather than holiday abroad.

It's hoped visitor numbers will continue to rise throughout the bank holiday weekend.

The summer sun is boosting tourism in the East of England. Credit: ITV Anglia

''There is the doubt over the strength of the pound and certainly - as it stands at the moment - going across to Europe or further afield, it does cost more for your pound. That's just the reality... Staying at home is an absolute bargain right now.''

– Martin Dupree, Visit East Anglia

Couple found dead on boat in Norfolk died from carbon monoxide poisoning

Emergency services at the scene on Wroxham Broad.

A couple discovered dead with their pet dog on board a private boat died of carbon monoxide poisoning, an inquest heard.

Carpenter Alan Frost, 64, and housewife Tina Leticia Wilkins, 51, were found on June 9 near Wroxham Island on the River Bure in Norfolk.

Alarm bells were raised after concerned members of the public noticed their vessel had been moored for some time.

The pair, from Grays, Essex, were later found on a small 20ft white motor cruiser which is believed to have been tied to wooden posts which act as 24-hour mooring points.

Emergency services were called to the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club and the ambulance service asked the UK Coastguard for assistance to secure the vessel after the pair appeared unresponsive.

Seven fire engines were also sent, as well as a fire service surface rescue boat and its environmental health unit.

No family members were present at the hearing, during which assistant Coroner David Osborne adjourned the inquest until November.


Police say more tests needed to find out how boat couple died

Emergency services at the scene on Wroxham Broad Credit: ITV Anglia

Police investigating the sudden death of two people on a boat in Wroxham say further toxicology tests will be needed to find out how they died.

Officers were called to Wroxham Broad at 4pm on Thursday 9 June 2016 following concerns for the pair's safety due to the length of time their boat had been moored up.

Two people, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s, and a dog were found dead on the boat at Wroxham Island.

Post mortem examinations today (Tuesday 14 June 2016) have proved inconclusive and further toxicology tests are required; however, police are not treating the deaths as suspicious.

The cordon in place around the boat has now been removed and officers will prepare a file for the coroner before an inquest takes place later.

Wroxham boat deaths 'unexplained' but not believed to be suspicious

A woman, man and dog were found dead on the boat.

Police are continuing their investigations after two people and their dog were found dead on a boat in Wroxham.

Police were called to the scene at Wroxham Broad at 4pm (Thursday 9 June) following concerns for safety due to the length of time the vessel had been moored in that location.

On attendance officers found two people, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s, and a dog dead within the boat moored near Wroxham Island.

The boat, which is privately owned, has since been towed away to a local boatyard where officers continue to work with the Marine Investigation Branch to assess the vessel.

The deaths are being treated as unexplained and post mortem examinations are due to take place next week; however, officers do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances.


Tories gain from Lib Dems in council by-election

The Conservatives have gained from the Liberal Democrats in this week's only council by-election.

Tories gain from Lib Dems in council by-election Credit: PA Images

Candidate Fran Whymark captured a Broadland District seat at Wroxham, known as the capital of the Norfolk Broads.

Her 14-vote win contrasts with an earlier by-election in March when the Lib Dems held on comfortably.

Largest indoor model railway opens

What's being billed as Britain's largest indoor model railway is being officially opened at Wroxham in Norfolk today.

It's taken a team of 30 people more than two years to build this railway complete with miniature cities and landscapes.

Some parts had to be specially made when stocks across Europe started to run out because the project used so many.

It includes more than 80 thousand building bricks and 300 locomotives, wagons and coaches.

Broads deaths inquest

A coroner's heard how a man strangled his partner before drowning himself on a boating holiday on the Norfolk broads.

Her 13-year-old daughter was left alone with him on the cruiser for almost a week before he committed suicide. Divers recovered the bodies after a hire company raised the alert.

Detectives believe John Didier planned the killing before setting off on holiday from London.

Malcolm Robertson reports...

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